After months of speculation, including a week in which Kansas fans and media swore otherwise, Julius Randle went in front of his friends, family, and ESPNU viewers and pledged his allegiance to the Big Blue Nation. Here are some notes on what is now a truly happy day in the Bluegrass.
— I’m sorry, but Randle’s commitment pretty much nullifies last night’s loss for me. After a rough night, our focus is firmly back on the future and what will be college basketball’s highest ranked class ever, regardless of whether or not Andrew Wiggins joins the fam. The Cats currently have:
#1 Point Guard – Andrew Harrison
#1 Shooting Guard – Aaron Harrison
#1 Power Forward – Julius Randle
#1 Center – Dakari Johnson
#3 Small Forward – James Young
#9 Power Forward – Marcus Lee
#41 Power Forward – Derek Willis
If Wiggins joins, we can add “#1 Small Forward” to that list.
— And that’s not all. Last night, Alex Poythress, Archie Goodwin, and Willie Cauley-Stein all said they weren’t ready for the NBA and were considering returning. Willie said that he would have to speak to his family first and if there were financial matters, he would make the jump, but after Randle’s commitment, he tweeted “All I got to say 212 more days till big blue madness #letsgetthisring #bbn.” Sounds like someone who wants to stay to me. The players will meet with Cal in the coming weeks to decide what to do.
— Wiggins or no Wiggins, Dave Telep thinks UK’s current class is already more talented than the Fab 5:
Julius Randle is a Kentucky Wildcat. Gives UK ESPN’s No. 3, 5, 6, 7, 11 and 18 recruits + a 3-star PF more @recruitingespn
— Dave Telep (@DaveTelep) March 20, 2013
— Randle’s future teammates have heard the news and are already making plans for next season. Dakari Johnson tweeted “Out of School finally heard Great news Congrats @J30_RANDLE welcome to the family,time to work,” while 2014 commit Karl Towns welcomed Randle to the BBN and Andrew Harrison tweeted a simple prediction for the 2013-2014 season: “It’s over.” Ahhh, it feels nice to smile again.
— See Dakich trolling, see Dakich hating…
Kentucky has #3 5 6 7 11 and 18 ranked 2013 players coming in next year.. Question..is it enough to win an NIT game..how many AA’s do u need
— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) March 20, 2013
— What, you want some football notes? Nick Roush went to practice and will have a full report up at 5 p.m.
On today’s show, Matt and Ryan discussed the end of another basketball season and what lies in Kentucky’s future, which we now know will include Julius Randle. Listen online at talkradio1080.com.